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Anti-Racism Action Forum to lay charges against de Klerk, Vlok

The group says it plans to lay 22 charges against the pair for their conduct during the apartheid era.

FILE: Former South African president FW de Klerk. Picture: FW de Klerk Foundation Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - A newly formed anti-racism group will launch tomorrow by laying charges against former apartheid president FW De Klerk.

The Anti-Racism Action Forum says it plans to lay 22 charges against de Klerk and former law and order minister Adriaan Vlok.

The group claims the charges are for crimes committed against black people for which the two didn't get amnesty.

The virtually unknown group describes itself as a "space that brings together black people and organisations, which are committed to ending racism by ending White Supremacy."

The forum's Zanele Lwana said, "The charges specifically have to do with the conduct of de Klerk and Vlok during their term in leading the apartheid regime."

The forum will also lay a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission against de Klerk, following a complaint by his foundation about 45 social media posts it said incited violence against whites.

Lwana says they will meet in front of Hillbrow Police Station at 11am to address the media.

Meanwhile, the FW de Klerk Foundation says it's not concerned about an anti-racism groups' claims that they will be laying charges against the former president.

The foundation's executive director Dave Steward says they aren't fazed by the allegations.

"[The group] is clearly intent on sweeping up divisive and inflammatory publicity for itself. They have absolutely no grounds for these allegations."